4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

Planning an adventure to Colombia? Chances are Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, and Bogotá are high on your bucket-list. But there’s much more to Colombia than its cities alone. Next time you’re headed to the country, check out a few of these great side trips. From colonial villages to serene natural escapes, you’ll leave Colombia with a better understanding of the vibrant, mesmerizing country:     4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia     1) Villa De Leyva, Boyaca: Colonial Village and Historic Adventures   Villa de Leyva (about a three-hour car drive from Bogota.)  A hidden gem for those outside of Colombia, this town has a history that will take you back in time as if you were in a real-life museum. Villa De Leyva was founded in 1572 by Spanish colonizers and became a major producer of wheat, barley, and oil. After the war for independence, Villa De Leyva gained a little fame as the hometown of war-hero, Captain Antonio Ricaurte. Finally, by 1954, Villa de Leyva officially became a National Monument.   Recently, Villa De Leyva has been attracting more and more travellers. Perhaps this is due to the growth that’s been taking place in this little village. This small town has begun to add new restaurants (perfect for taking in the stunning scenery while dining), hotels where you can enjoy the calm atmosphere of the town, and tourist shops (great for finding local nicknacks to bring back to your loved ones.) Furthermore, when “Zorro,” a popular soap opera, was filmed here, it infused this historically rich town with a flare of entertainment. Now more...
Our Epic Adventures In Nicaragua – A Travel Video

Our Epic Adventures In Nicaragua – A Travel Video

Nicaragua is relatively less traveled compared to its southern cousin we now call home, but in no way does that mean there is any lack of incredible things to see and do. We spent two weeks exploring the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes” and were amazed by what Nicaragua and its people have to offer. We usually stick to photographs, but this trip we knew there were going to be so many fun adventures that it would be nearly impossible to capture it solely through pictures. Our trip started off in the colonial town of Granada with its massive cathedrals, a cruise through the tiny islands of the Isletas on Lake Nicaragua, exploring the fuming Masaya Volcano and zip-lining through the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve. Our next stop took us to Isla de Ometepe, an island made of up two volcanoes sitting smack dab in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. This time our adventures included the natural freshwater springs at the Ojo de Agua (eye of water), a 7-hour hike and stunning view from the Maderas Volcano, and kayaking on Lake Nicaragua. Finally, we concluded our trip with a sunset sailboat cruise in San Juan del Sur and surfing at Playa Maderas. When we said there is no lack of adventure activities in Nicaragua, we weren’t kidding! Check out our video of our epic adventures in Nicaragua. Epic Adventures In Nicaragua from Daniel Moore on Vimeo. Have you been to Nicaragua? Which adventures would you do? Read More About Nicaragua: A Visual Teaser of Our Epic Adventures in Nicaragua Everything You Need To Know About The Magical City of...
Discovering the Incredible Isla de Ometepe—An Island Like No Other

Discovering the Incredible Isla de Ometepe—An Island Like No Other

Isla de Ometepe is truly a place like no other.   Formed by twin volcanoes dramatically rising up out of Lake Nicaragua, each new twist and turn along the 19 km-long stretch of island offers up spectacular views of the rugged landscape. Add deserted beaches, unpaved roads, friendly locals and world-class hiking, and it’s no wonder why a visit to Isla de Ometepe is the highlight of Nicaragua for many (ourselves included!) Just an hour ferry ride from the port town of Rivas, most travelers arrive to Isla de Ometepe at Moyogalpa. It’s here in the teeny-tiny town that you’ll find a sprinkling of guesthouses and restaurants, but the real magic occurs outside of Moyogalpa and in the natural beauty of the island. We opted to stay at the Xalli Ometepe Beach Hotel, one of the best guesthouses on the island that is located directly on a sandy strip of beach in Santo Domingo—and smack-dab in the center of all Isla de Ometepe has to offer.     The best way to get to know the island is via your own two wheels, either those of a bike or a scooter. We took an entire day to circumnavigate the island, and would recommend it to everyone who visits. The journey took us past small villages, wild pigs, and muddy, pot-holed roads. It also allowed us glimpses of quiet stretches of shoreline, traditional island life and smiling Nicaraguans. Of course, a breathtaking view of one of the towering volcanoes was never far behind. Though the setting was quiet different, the experience greatly reminded us of cycling Vietnam.     Part of...
Sunday Snapshot | Glacier Hiking | New Zealand

Sunday Snapshot | Glacier Hiking | New Zealand

  After traveling to over 20 countries, New Zealand is still one of my favorites just for it’s sheer beauty and limitless activities. Adventures ranging from hiking, mountain biking and even bungy jumping can all be found here. One of the most memorable days of my trip was the stop at Franz Joseph Glacier. It was such an other-worldly experience to be walking around the frozen landscape with ice pillars rising and dropping off in an instant. Pictured here is the group before us climbing the face of the enormous ice sheet. Because of the dangerous conditions and the ever present danger of falling through the ice, the only way to get onto the glacier is with a guide.  Have you ever visited a glacier?   Want to see your picture featured on our Sunday Snapshot segment? We want to see your favorite travel photos! Just send us an email at danrmoorephotography (at) gmail (dot) com with your travel photo and a brief description. We’d love to have you!...
A Guide To Hiking To Nauyaca Waterfalls, Costa Rica

A Guide To Hiking To Nauyaca Waterfalls, Costa Rica

One of the determining factors to spending a bit of time in Costa Rica was the country’s abundance of natural attractions and adventures.   Things like having beautiful beaches, hiking trails and lots of greenery nearby were important to us. What we didn’t realize when we finally picked our temporary home in the small town of Platanillo was that just ten minutes down the road lies one of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of Costa Rica: the Nauyaca Waterfalls. It’s crazy to realize that we have been living here for almost two months. It’s even crazier that we haven’t explored the area as much as we planned! Knowing we needed to make more adventure a priority, we decided to load up the bike and head out for the Nauyaca Falls.     Arriving At The Nauyaca Waterfalls A journey to the Nauyaca Waterfalls starts with purchasing an $8 ticket at a green and blue roadside house with black bars across the front. There is plenty of signage on the road between Dominical and San Isidro, but it is surprisingly easy to miss if you’re not paying close attention. After you buy your ticket, you have two options: You can hike down the 2 km dirt road to the start of the hiking path, or if you’ve got 4×4 capabilities we recommend driving down to the start of the hike. The dirt road leading to the hike isn’t particularly scenic but it IS super steep. There is a parking lot at the end of the dirt road where the hiking trail begins. Although we’ve never heard of anyone having issues here, be sure to bring...